Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Whaling in the Arctic

The Western Arctic is warming rapidly with profound effects on the Indigenous Inupiaq (Eskimo/Inuit) people of the region. Nowhere is this more evident than in the changing sea ice cover and conditions, which Alaskan Eskimo communities must negotiate in conducting their annual subsistence whaling and other activities. In this talk, Arnold Brower Jr, 70-year old Executive Director of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission and an experienced whaling captain himself, outlines the effects of climate change over the past half century and how Inupiaq Eskimo communities are working with environmental scientists to understand and respond to changing conditions in Arctic Alaska and beyond. A panel of scientists will also address the issue in dialogue with the speaker.